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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Natural Way To Clean Silver

Today I received silverware that has been passed down from my husband's family. It is beautiful silver but it needed a good polishing. Since I have not previously owned silver, I didn't have any tarnish remover, which got me to start thinking about what I needed to buy. The more I thought about it I knew I didn't feel comfortable using a tarnish remover because of the chemicals it would contain, so I started searching online for a natural way to clean silver. I found out that you can clean silver and remove the tarnish by using tin foil, baking soda and salt. I saw this formula recommended a couple of times on different sites (plus I already had everything I needed) so I gave this "recipe" a try. I placed a piece of tin foil down on the bottom of a skillet, filled it with a few inches of water, added a tablespoon of salt and a tablespoon of baking soda and brought it to a boil. Once the mixture came to a boil, I added the silverware and let it boil for about 4 minutes. Then I just rinsed and dried the silverware. It came out great and was a lot less smelly then I remember those tarnish removers being. I also read that if you place a piece of white chalk in the drawer or box where your silverware is stored it will keep it from tarnishing. This was so easy and I felt much more at ease cleaning it this way then using some chemical on something we would be eating off of.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Join me in participating in the "One Day Without Shoes" event

Have you heard of TOMS shoes? If not check them out at www.toms.com. They are a company that donates a pair of new shoes to a child in need for every pair purchased.
Join me and tons of others in particpating in their special annual event, "One Day Without Shoes" where we will go without shoes to bring awareness of children around the world growing up barefoot and the impact a pair of shoes can have. The event is not until April 5, 2011 but sign up now at www.onedaywithoutshoes.com